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clerihew

a form of comic or satiric verse, consisting of two couplets of metrically irregular lines, containing the name of a well-known person
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The Clerihews which took possession of me were of a particularly vicious strain," according to Ingram.
She said, "Paul Ingram is to clerihews what John Ciardi is to limericks.
British journalist and man of letters who is remembered as the inventor of the clerihew and as the author of Trent's Last Case (1913), a classic detective story.
Despite learning to recognize and enjoy clerihews, it never occurred to me to write one until this past year.
This type of comic biographical verse form was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who introduced it in Biography for Beginners (1905) and continued in More Biography (1929) and Baseless Biography (1939).
CLERIHEWS by Khadim Hussain (Quoin Publishing, pounds 3.
Rollin Stearns' fine article on clerihews in this issue reintroduces the term to new readers.
The last section, entitled "Addendum: Academic Graffiti," contains humorous clerihews, notably about literary figures.
The following is a mini-anthology of clerihews based on the names of famous writers:
A third website, "Mystery Clerihews," presents clerihews about mystery writers and tells the potential clerihewer about Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine, which actually pays for any clerihew it uses.
The poem can be found in Wilson's Night Thoughts (Farrar, Straus & Cudahy), a curious collection of anagrams, limericks, clerihews, and whimsical excursions that should be on every logophile's bookshelf.
The topics include limericks, clerihews, and alphabet sentences, among other things.